Retractable Lead Madness

So! ive finally bought myself a retractable lead. OMG im in love đŸ™‚

So is Hope, she absolutly loves the extra running and sniffing space. I also found she likes to heel beside me (loose lead) better now too so its working great.

Took some photos of our first walk using the lead.

exploring

spotted an Ibis (big bird that she would give anything to chase)

Yessum?

Im buggered, time for a sit


and my funny photo (note below):

I have a spare collar. I was looking at it and Hope came over, sat infront of me, looked at me and then put her head forward, exposing her neck, as if to say 'put it on me'. she stayed ever so still (:eek:) while i put it on her and gave her a pat on the head and told her how pretty she looked. She then bounced off all prancy like she was wearing some bling bling.:rolleyes: hahaha. She wasnt very happy when i took it off her a few hours later. -what.a.show.off- She loves her collars!

Houston

Very nice..love the pictures. My dogs love to explore with that type of leash too..

Looks like you have the 'all tape' type, which is good! The ones with the thin cord can be really bad - if the dog is running into something you don't want them to (ie, the road, a big ferocious looking dog, etc) your natural inclination is to grab that cord. However, that cord can cut your hand to the bone in 1 - 3 seconds! Also, if the dog gets the cord wrapped around his/her leg, it can also severely injure them. So hooray for the all tape! We've switched to that, especially with fearless young Basenjis. Properly monitored, they are great. I always have my thumb lightly on the button. They do love the extra space!

Terry

Your pictures are great! Love the fact that female basenjis sometimes really seem to know when they have something on that looks good. I use the retractable when I walk my two because they can get far away from each other in the fields to do their business, and it gives them the impression they can run a little more free. At the same time, I can pull them close, within two feet, when the matter at hand is to stay close and just walk on the sidewalk.

Houston

Yes, to the "all tape" kind..the ropes can be very painful for you or your dog. I have had lots of rope burns around my legs and calves from dogs running around me and then taking off chasing something…ouch.

Yes i agree, retractable leads are great. I love the picture of hope wearing two collars, if you've got it, flaunt it đŸ˜ƒ
Our big crossbreed dog, Max used to get realy stressed if you removed his collar.

I've never seen the "tape" kind before. I'll have to look into that. I might consider getting one of those.

I use a 26 footer for 110lb dog for tape strength. Works great but you must be careful walking along a busy street in that the B could dash out in front of a car. I also reel him in close when approaching another person passing with a dog as you don't know if the dogs is aggressive. Works great as far as the dog getting a feeling of off leash and some freedom. The leashes for the bigger dogs are tape vs cord. This is the one I use.

Hope really looks as though she is enjoying her long lead. When I use the retractable on mine I do find that they are much more inclined to walk bes=ide me when I ask.

She is veruy beautiful!

@Basenjimamma:

I have had lots of rope burns around my legs and calves from dogs running around me and then taking off chasing something…ouch.

Ditto.

We now only use the corded extendable for when we put Paco on the balcony to do his "business". We have a 15ft "regular" leash to walk with when we're somewhere where we can let him explore.

Where does one buy the Flexi's with the tape? I've never seen nor heard of them.

We've always used the corded Flexi's without a problem. We also used one for a 110#, or larger, dog with Maxx after going through several lighter ones!

Do you have any problems with the tape getting twisted when it retracts?

Houston

Linda, they have them at Petco and Petsmart, for sure..called all-tape or all-band flexi.
I have no issues with them twisting..

Thanks Petra. I've never noticed them at PetsMart or Petco, but on the other hand, I never knew anything like that existed, so wasn't looking for them. I'll take a look the next time we go to one or the other (the closest one to us where we spent the winters is a PetsMart which is over 65 miles away).

sorry, double post.

@LindaH:

Thanks Petra. I've never noticed them at PetsMart or Petco, but on the other hand, I never knew anything like that existed, so wasn't looking for them. I'll take a look the next time we go to one or the other (the closest one to us where we spent the winters is a PetsMart which is over 65 miles away).

I have bought 1 at Petco and 1 on Amazon. Amazon was cheaper for a longer leash. Get the Flexi brand.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_8_27?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=flexi+retractable+dog+leash&sprefix=flexi+retractable+dog+leash

The Flexi ones have a fixture which prevents them from twisting. I'm sure if you entered 'Flexi leads' on line you'd find how to order one.

Wow, i didnt know there were rope ones! Ive only ever seen the tape ones before so i guess i never knew i had a choice :p hehe


@thunderbird8588:

Yes i agree, retractable leads are great. I love the picture of hope wearing two collars, if you've got it, flaunt it đŸ˜ƒ
Our big crossbreed dog, Max used to get realy stressed if you removed his collar.

haha awwe. Hope doesnt like it if we take her collar off either and she obviously thinks that more is better lol. she just likes to show off too but will get upset if we take her main collar off.

@nobarkus:

I use a 26 footer for 110lb dog for tape strength. Works great but you must be careful walking along a busy street in that the B could dash out in front of a car. I also reel him in close when approaching another person passing with a dog as you don't know if the dogs is aggressive.

Ive been weary of this too but on mine i have two buttons (dont know if this is normal, but i see most with only one button). One i push in and it will stop at any point and will not let out anymore until pressure is taken off (so then i can tell her to stop and call her back) also works for when i dont want her on a very long lead and can have it locked up for a shorter lead area but so she still can run around and the second button i have is a lock button so i can lock it in as short as i want (coming up to busy streets, other dogs etc) and have her heel beside me. I like these features though instead of just the one button (push to stop retracting).. But of course use common sense too etc if your coming up to the road have them walk beside you until its safe again. Its also great for working on recall đŸ˜ƒ

@LindaH:

Do you have any problems with the tape getting twisted when it retracts?

Ive never had an issue so far either and she has twisted it, it seems to work itself out and i havent had to stop to untwist it at all. On the clip that goes to her collar it can rotate so if the dog twists it, it will fix by the time it retracts, also i dont think it twists as it always has constant pressure on it, even if its light.

The Flexi has both buttons.

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